The Karnataka government has now established Common Instrumentation Facilities (CIFs) and Technology Business Incubators in academic institutions in Karnataka to catapult innovation and R&D in cities such as Mysuru, Belagavi, Mangaluru and Shivamogga.
To promote the biotechnology sector, incubation and R&D infrastructure centres have been setup also at Dharwad and Bagalkot. The government has also set up a brownfield bluster at Hubballi.
There have been several research efforts coming out of labs housed in the Dharwad University and other colleges in the districts.
Announcing the Beyond Bengaluru initiative as part of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 to be held from November 19-21, 2020, Karnataka’s deputy chief minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, who is also the Minister for IT, BT and S&T said the new IT policy 2020 – 2025, ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ is aimed at enhancing growth in across industries located at the upcoming cities of Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubbali - Dharwad and Shivamogga.
Cities Beyond Bengaluru are foreseeing greater investment opportunities and employment potential, with thrust in education and infrastructure. In view of further strengthening and developing the State’s IT sector, the government has brought to the forefront the new IT Policy 2020-25 where biotech can maximise much of the tech benefits, he added.
With COVID-19 as the trigger to promote work from home or the concept of ‘work from anywhere’, the government is looking to effectively leverage and access the talent and skill available across the State, with focus on cities Beyond Bengaluru.
Beyond Bengaluru initiative will contribute to the existing efforts to move the technology and innovation related activity to the cities Beyond Bengaluru. To this end, several steps have already been taken and rolled out several initiatives aimed at enhancing the ecosystem in these cities.
The government initiated New Age Innovation Network (NAIN) as a network of incubation centres in 30 colleges in cities Beyond Bengaluru. Till date, 470 projects have funded; 181 prototypes built, and 13 patents filed.
A Taskforce has also been established comprising of industry, academia and other stakeholders to prepare White Paper to enable the Beyond Bengaluru mandate. The White Paper would cover potential action points for promoting cities Beyond Bengaluru, by proposing incentives and initiatives that may be undertaken for technology ecosystem development in cities Beyond Bengaluru.
We aim to build a sustainable model to encourage the growth of and development in cities Beyond Bengaluru, added Dr Narayana.
Speaking on the announcement, Dr E V Ramana Reddy, Karnataka’s Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, said, “The government has a clear vision on building the innovation and technology ecosystem in cities Beyond Bengaluru. For enhanced ecosystem growth, it is important that we look at infrastructure development, market access, ecosystem engagement and talent development of these cities. Furthermore, it is increasingly important, that we implement necessary steps to support and promote innovation, growth and development in these cities